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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for January 2022

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for January 2022

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for January 2022 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $16.94 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bills in... Continue Reading

by Elizabeth Bendele
03/7/2022


Rooftop Solar Changes Backed as Debate Continues

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Rooftop Solar Changes Backed as Debate Continues

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After weeks of debate, the Florida House could vote Wednesday to make controversial changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, while senators continue to back a similar proposal. The debate flared again Tuesday as the House rejected... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/1/2022


Higher Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

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Higher Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — More Florida residents are about to feel the pain of high natural-gas costs. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal by Tampa Electric Co. to collect additional money from customers to cover... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/1/2022


FMEA Awards Banquet Showcases Florida Lineman Competition and Safety Awards Winners

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FMEA Awards Banquet Showcases Florida Lineman Competition and Safety Awards Winners

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recognized excellence in Florida Public Power at an awards banquet this weekend by announcing the winners of the Florida Lineman Competition and recipients of the FMEA Safety Awards. The banquet concluded the 2022 Florida Lineman Competition in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/28/2022


Broadband Expansion Proposal Sees Changes

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Broadband Expansion Proposal Sees Changes

Sen. Jim Boyd By Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers awaiting federal money scaled back a proposal Tuesday that would help broadband providers expand service to mostly rural, underserved areas. Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, removed designated funding from his... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/22/2022


Judge Backs FPL in Permit Fight

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Judge Backs FPL in Permit Fight

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Rejecting arguments about threats to Monroe County’s water supply and Biscayne Bay, an administrative law judge has ruled the state should renew a permit for a massive canal system at a Florida Power... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/21/2022


Hotly Debated Solar Changes Move Forward

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Hotly Debated Solar Changes Move Forward

Rep. Lawrence McClure TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward Monday with key changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, drawing heavy opposition from the solar industry and environmental groups. But as the House State Administration & Technology Appropriations... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/21/2022


Tampa Electric Fuel Cost Hike Supported

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Tampa Electric Fuel Cost Hike Supported

Tampa Electric Co. should be able to collect more money from customers starting in April because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants, staff members of the Florida Public Service Commission recommended Thursday. The utility last month sought approval to pass along an additional... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/17/2022


Florida Municipal Electric Association to Hold 21st Annual Florida Lineman Competition 

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Florida Municipal Electric Association to Hold 21st Annual Florida Lineman Competition 

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Lineman Competition, which was established by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), will take place Friday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 26. Last year’s competition was canceled due to COVID-19, but this year marks its return. Electric... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/16/2022


Electric Vehicle Charging Plan Gets Backing

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Electric Vehicle Charging Plan Gets Backing

By Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE --- A proposal aimed at expanding investment in electric-vehicle charging stations started to move forward Tuesday in the House, despite concerns about state regulators being directed to set prices and work outside their jurisdiction. The House... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/15/2022


Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Hosts Statewide Lineman Competition

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Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Hosts Statewide Lineman Competition

When the storms come and the lights go out, utility crews get to work. Linemen work in all types of weather to ensure power is reliably and safely delivered to electric utility customers. You have the unique opportunity to watch Journeymen and Apprentice linemen showcase their skills as they... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/11/2022


10 Big Issues at Session Halftime

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10 Big Issues at Session Halftime

By Jim Saunders The Florida Legislature’s 60-day session reached its halfway point Wednesday. Here are snapshots of 10 big issues in the session: ABORTION: The Republican-controlled House and Senate are moving forward with a proposal that would prevent physicians from providing abortions... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/9/2022